Amputee Servicemen Invited to Buckingham Palace ahead of Jubilee Celebrations

Friday 26th May 2012– Forces amputees and patrons from local New Milton Charity, Pilgrim Bandits, were guests of the Not Forgotten Associations garden party at Buckingham Palace.  Pilgrim Bandits were invited along with forces charity Troop Aid because of the work they do with injured service members.

Lance Bdr Ben Parkinson, patron of the Pilgrim Bandits is pictured here shaking the hand of HRH Duchess of Gloucester.  Ben, from Doncaster, was blown up by an anti-tank mine in Afghanistan in 2006.  At the time, he was the most severely injured soldier to survive.  He lost both legs and sustained a catalogue of over 40 injuries, including brain damage.  Right, is ex-REME John Sandford Hart from Christchurch, also a patron of Pilgrim Bandits and single-leg amputee.


In addition, Lymington’s own Royal Engineer Jimmy Wilson (who was not at Buckingham Palace) who is also a double-amputee, has announced he will be joining the Pilgrim Bandits for the forthcoming Ride 4 The Wounded – July 6th -15th  a vintage motor bike and side-car race from Inverness to Plymouth.


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